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Skiff Home Care encourages HPV vaccines to prevent cancer

HOMENEWS & EVENTSPRESS RELEASES

February 5, 2015

Jasper County is joining the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in a new effort focused on improving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates among Iowa’s teens and pre-teens. Among adolescents aged 11 to 18, 66 percent have received the Tdap vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; by comparison, only 19 percent have received the three doses of HPV vaccine recommended for full protection. The HPV vaccine is designed to protect against cervical cancer.

The “You are the Key” campaign targets parents, the decision-makers when it comes to vaccinating their children.

“About 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV,” said Tammy Stapp, Director of Skiff Home Care/Jasper County Public Health. “About 14 million people become newly infected each year. In most cases, HPV infection will go away and the individual will never know they had it; however, when HPV does not go away, it can cause a variety of cancers, including cervical cancer. Parents are encouraged to take action now to protect their child against a cancer that can be prevented with a simple vaccination.”

About 33,000 HPV-associated cancers occur annually in the U.S., including 12,600 HPV-associated cancers in males. The HPV vaccine protects against the most common types of human papillomavirus, which are responsible for about 90 percent of cervical cancers. Cancer often takes years to develop after a person is infected with HPV and an infected individual can spread the virus even when they have no signs or symptoms. The HPV vaccine works best when given in early adolescence, as it allows for immunity to develop and offer better protection as a child matures. Both boys and girls are recommended to receive three doses of vaccine for full protection.

If you have an adolescent who has not received the HPV vaccine, talk to your health-care provider about how it can benefit your child. For more information about Skiff Home Care/Jasper County Public Health, visit www.skiffmed.com.

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